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How to sync the Software Update Point (ConfigMgr) via Powershell

Here is another short script you can use on your way to automate every task in your ConfigMgr environment.

Syncing the SUP in ConfigMgr 2012

Synchronizing the Software Update Point in a ConfigMgr environment can happen in two ways – automatically or manually.

This can be configured in your site component’s configuration:

In there you can configure the SUP to synchronize on a schedule or not. If you don’t use a schedule,

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Deploying Windows Server 2012 without Running the Installer

With the release of Windows Server 2012, I wanted to upgrade my test and demo environment as quickly as possible. As with many hosting offerings, I do not have physical access to my dedicated server but do get two hours of remote console access for free. Therefore, I needed a way to deploy Windows Server 2012. This article documents how I successfully installed Windows Server 2012 on the second hard disk from a running Windows Server 2008 R2.

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The Danger of Machine Account Password Changes

Every so often I am asked to help analyze weird issues when assigning group memberships or permissions – accounts are not found and the Event Log shows unsettling messages. Many of these situations can be traced back to the operating system using a different machine account password than the domain is aware of.

Yes, Machine Accounts Have Passwords!

Just like user accounts, a machine object in Active Directory has a password to identify the machine and to protect the machine account.

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How to Determine the Windows Installation Date with and without PowerShell

There are many ways to determine when Windows was installed. Here are some of them.


The systeminfo tool displays a lot of interesting information about the computer and the operating system, among them the installation date. Here is some sample output:


Host Name:                 WIN7
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise
OS Version:                6.1.7600 N/A Build 7600
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free
Original Install Date:     9/17/2009,

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Where is the Hosts File on Windows x64?

[A German translation of this article is available at]

The subtle differences between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows present so many intricacies and pitfalls that even Microsoft employees seem to have trouble getting it right. I just stumbled upon a KB article that describes how to reset the hosts file to its original state. The topic alone is funny enough – it is not as if the default hosts file contained great amounts of data.

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Windows x64 – All the Same Yet Very Different, Part 7: File System and Registry Redirection, Registry Reflection

This is the seventh part of a mini-series on Windows x64, focusing on behind the scene changes in the operating system. In the last article I explained that mixed 32-/64-bit processes are not allowed and how that rule affects both administrators and script-writers. In this context I mentioned the strangely named directory SysWOW64. Today I am going to explain what it is used for by starting with redirection. File System Redirector As you know,

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Windows x64 – All the Same Yet Very Different, Part 6: COM, DLLs and Processes

This is the sixth part of a mini-series on Windows x64, focusing on behind the scene changes in the operating system. In the last article I discussed how 32-bit applications are wrapped up in the WoW64 subsystem. Today we will take a deeper look at some limitations of 64-bit Windows and what they mean in practice. RulesApplication interoperability and execution on Windows x64 is governed by a few simple rules, most of which you already know:

  1. The kernel cannot execute 32-bit code.